PRM vs BIR Dream11 : The English footballing season opens its gates to the Carabao Cup today with Portsmouth and Birmingham City playing in the opening match of the domestic cup
The first round of the Carabao Cup commences today with the first round seeing teams from the lower trenches of football in English competing against each other. One of the most expansive tournamnets in the country, the cup offers a massive opportunity to sides across a plethora of leagues in the country to partake in it before the bigger teams from the Premier League start joining in ensuing the third and fourth round.
And two such teams will be beginning things today in the marquee tournament with Championship’s Birmingham City and Football League One’s Portsmouth squaring off against each other. For Birmingham, the previous season was an angst filled one with the side barely managing to scrape by fears of relegation as they stayed up by the barest of margins.
For them, the newest season of the Carabao Cup brings an opportunity to not only compete with some stellar opponents but also go one a fruitful run to add the much needed impetus to their season. Having begun their Championship season with a 1-0 win over Brentford, they’ll be looking to make it two wins on the bounce today against a Portsmouth outfit who ended up falling to a 1-0 defeat against Shrewsbury in their previous match.
Out of the massive 97 times the two sides have faced off against each other, Portsmouth find themselves emerging winners on 29 occasions while 25 of those have ended in draws. It’s however the 42 wins for Birmingham City which stand tall in these figures, a record which we expect the side to further build on with a win today.
Expect this to be a closely contested encounter one decided by the difference of one goal only and Birmingham’s slightly better ability to shut out attacks should see them win this one.
Probable Playing 11
- Ross McCrorie will be missing for Portsmouth for this encounter after being shown a red card earlier.
- Maikel Kieftenbeld’s long journey to recovery continues, keeping him out of Birmingham City’s fixture for this match.
MacGillivray (GK), Bolton, Downing, Burgess, Brown, Naylor, Cannon, Curtis, Pitman, Harness, Marquis
Camp (GK), Colin, Dean, Robertson, Harding, Clarke-Salter, Sunjic, Lakin, Davis, Mrabti, Jutkiewicz
Match: Portsmouth Vs Birmingham City
Date And Time: 7th August, Wednesday- 12:15am IST
Venue: Fratton Park, Portsmouth
- Brown, Naylor, Curtis, Marquis
- Robertson, Sunjic, Mrabti, Jutkiewicz
Dream 11 Picks
Goal-Keeper for PRM vs BIR Dream11
Given the stature of the match and the importance it carries for both these sides, a cleansheet in this match looks unlikely. We are going in with Portsmouth’s Craig MacGillivray for this encounter solely due to the shot stoppers astute ability to keep out shots from the goal and the carnage he could end up coming across today.
Defenders for PRM vs BIR Dream11
There was only one factor which played on our minds while selecting this facet of our playing 11. We have opted for three players, all who’ll venture into the opponents’ attacking half and find themselves contributing into their side’s attacks as well.
Our two man partnership based off this reasoning consists of Harlee Dean and Maxime Colin from Birmingham City with the two players also coming into this encounter with a cleansheet behind them. They are two solid players, names the side will rely on heavily to help register another shutout for them today.
From Portsmouth meanwhile we have gotten in Lee Brown as the lone selection from the side.
Midfielders for PRM vs BIR Dream11
Roman Curtis from Portsmouth is our first selection from the side with the wide attacking player bound to make things tricky for Birmingham City today. Tom Naylor in his CDM roles accompanies him with his role as someone to screen his backline pivotal to the side’s aspirations of emerging as the winner from this contest.
Elsewhere from Birmingham City we have decided to rope in a duo of players, names who we expect to intertwine in unison and encapsulate their ability to find the goal to score for their side today. Ivan Sunjic and David Davis are the two players we are entrusting to scour their way around the opponent’s defence and find a goal today.
Strikers for PRM vs BIR Dream11
Moving to Portsmouth from Doncaster Rovers after scoring 22 goals in the previous season, the side envisaged John Marquis as a player to put in the same compelling showings and help compensate for their dearth of goals upfront the park.
The two man partnership from City is represented by Kerim Mrabti and Lukas Jutkiewicz.
Captain And Vice-Captain
We are choosing Lukas as our side’s captain while John is our vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, their performances in recent time, how the two teams have fared in the footballing fraternity over the course of the last year and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players who are expected to dole out the maximum points.